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Boards, Commissions, and Consulting, circa 1970s - 2009

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 5, Series 6

Scope and Contents

The series contains Neil Armstrong's collection of widely varied business cards. The corporate board information includes annual reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, retirement celebration material, minimal subject files, and member photographs for the various boards of which Neil Armstrong was a member. The boards include, Cardwell International; Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company; CINergy Corporation; Cordant and Morton Thiokol, Incorporated; Eagle-Picher Technologies, LLC; Cincinnati Milacron; Fifth Third Bank; Gates Learjet Corporation; Marathon Oil Company; Taft Broadcasting Company; United Airlines; U.S. Steel Corporation; Space Industries International;; Veridian; AIL Systems Incorporated (Subsidiary of Eaton Corporation); EDO Corporation; RMI Titanium Company; Fiduciary Trust Company of New York, background information; miscellaneous documents, and a Board of Directors subject file used by Armstrong. Due to the nature of the corporate board material, it is restricted.

The second part of the series contains minutes, correspondence, presentations, reports, clippings, and miscellaneous documents for the Commissions Armstrong was appointed. The Commissions include the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco. The "Dahir" or Law proclaiming the creation of the Academy states that, "Considering Morocco's geographical situation, at the crossroads of the continents, which has determined its historic vocation and necessitates that it continuously plays a part in the communication, liaison and synthesis between the peoples and civilisations of Europe and Africa, of the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds… Desire that this Academy should be composed of men who by their works and studies are the most eminent and the most qualified, in all branches of learning, who have rendered the greatest service to the country or acquired the highest prestige, recruited freely without any consideration except personal merit and with no other condition to the validity of their election than Our Consent…" "Total membership in the Academy shall be thirty resident members and thirty non-resident members." Dr. Henry Kissinger and Armstrong were the only initial members from the United States. Also included among the material from Armstrong's work with the Academy is a rare collection of conference proceedings and publications compiled by the members of the Academy.

Documents in this series also include material from the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, for which Armstrong was Vice Chair. In 1985 he was appointed to the National Commission on Space, created to study long-term space policy and goals, and one can also find material from this work. In 2005 Armstrong was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council, for which he was Chair of the Aeronautics Committee. The Council drew on the expertise of its members and other sources to provide advice and make recommendations to the NASA Administrator on Agency programs, policies, plans, financial controls and other matters pertinent to the Agency's responsibilities.

Some material includes Armstrong's reference resources related to the various Boards and Commissions, along with miscellaneous consulting material.

Series 6 has been grouped into nine sub-series.


  1. Collected Business Cards
  2. [Cardwell Intl.] Cardwell International
  3. Corporate Boards (Group 1)
  4. [SPACE.COM] and [AIL] AIL Systems Incorporated
  5. Corporate Boards (Group 2)
  6. Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco
  7. Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident
  8. [NCOS] National Commission on Space
  9. NASA Advisory Council and Miscellaneous Consulting


  • circa 1970s - 2009

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is primarily in English. Russian is also present.

Access Information

Due to the nature of the corporate board material, it is restricted. Consult with the Flight and Space Archivist.


11.778 Cubic Feet (28 letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, one letter-size half-width manuscript box, one legal-size full-width manuscript box, and one flat box)